"Build Us Up, Lord!"

“Build Us Up, Lord!”

What’s Happening?  October 20, 2018

Immanuel Sanctuary

  • Framing is complete, canned lights are being installed and dry wall is being installed.  The “clouds” have taken shape!

Fellowship Hall and Basement

  • Dry wall is nearly complete.  Once taped, spackled and painted cabinets will be installed, then the new flooring.

Building Code Compliance

  • The connection to Fort Street’s water main is complete.  Most of the main fire suppression pipes are installed, the smaller pipes are now being painted to blend in and connected to the arterial system.  Construction in Thomas Chapel, the Library and Nursery is expected to begin soon.  Your patience as room availability grow even tighter is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued patience as we experience the joys of construction: dust, noise and disruptions!  Please check out the updated pictures in Inside Immanuel


The Benefits of Chairs

In September, the Rejuvenation Committee approved the purchase of chairs for the Immanuel Sanctuary.  The decision was not taken lightly and included studying the ELCA Principles of Worship, visiting other churches, listening to your feedback during six Conversations in the Courtyard and weighing the costs and pros and cons of chairs vs. pews.  We believe chairs provide flexibility, inclusiveness, comfort, beauty, low impact to our new floors and an overall positive influence on the renewal of our sanctuary.   In addition, the chairs can be hooked together to create a stable, pew-like experience with the comfort of a chair.

Financial Update

“Build Us Up Lord!” Capital Campaign

  • Total pledged and given is $1,016,288 with total receipts of $828,997.
  • Construction costs to-date are $620,000 (with September billing), the total estimate remains at $1,300,000.
  • Cash on hand is $ 444,090 as of October 20, 2018.
  • Funding for the deficit between Pledged and the current estimate is a component of the 2018 Stewardship campaign, with the objective of extending the 3 year “Build Us Up Lord” campaign by 1 year – “One More, Make it Four”.
  • We expect to draw upon the loan from Mission Investment Fund in late November.  We’re planning to spend available funds using the following guidelines:
    • We will reserve $80,000 of currently available cash to ensure we pay interest without impacting the Church’s operating funds.
    • Interest payments will not begin until construction is complete, likely December 2018 or January 2019.
    • If contributions in 2019 and 2020 follow the same “Build Us Up Lord!“ pattern loan repayment should complete by the end of 2020.

Through “Build Us Up, Lord!” we are making essential building improvements so that Immanuel continues to be a gathering place to grow in faith and fulfill our mission to “Share God’s Gift of Love With All.”



Click here for the introduction to the Capital Campaign Letter

Click here for "Build Us Up, Lord!" Brochure

Click here for "10 Days of Prayer" Cover Letter

Click here for "10 Days of Prayers"

Click here for "Give Intentionally" Weekly Update 10 5

Click here for Week 3 Update Oct. 19


Click here for Week 4 Update Oct 26

Click here for November 1 Letter

Current construction, demolition in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall

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